Reviews & Features

Our reviews and ‘best of’ articles relating to music, food, art, shopping and more in and around Birmingham.

Wing Wah review by Zoe Hornby-Walsh

Wing Wah review by Zoe Hornby-Walsh

Having relocated its restaurant to the Chinese Quarter in Birmingham’s City Centre, you wouldn’t have known what you were about to walk into. Walking down a very… Read more »

Laghi’s deli review by Rhiannon Simpson

I’ve had the joy of dog sitting this last week, an absolute gem of a Labrador. Not wanting my new 4 legged side kick Juno to get… Read more »

New Independent Birmingham Membership Card Design

Introducing the brand new Independent Birmingham Membership Card design – and oh wow, isn’t it a beauty! Every year Independent Birmingham commissions an incredible local artist to… Read more »

Birmingham’s Coolest & Best Bars

Birmingham’s Coolest & Best Bars

Birmingham has a growing selection of cool hang outs and bars. But what makes a bar “cool” and stand out above the rest. It’s subjective of course,… Read more »

A Night of Food & Drink in the Jewellery Quarter by Ollie ‘Yardbird’ Lloyd.

A Night of Food & Drink in the Jewellery Quarter by Ollie ‘Yardbird’ Lloyd.

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter may be known for its gold, silver and stones, yet since the licensed renaissance of the area a few years ago, there are many… Read more »

Bodega Cantina review by Rhiannon Simpson

Bodega Cantina review by Rhiannon Simpson

A cold January night made all the more bright with a colourful trip to Bodega. Bodega has stood the test of time and still delights. Its fine… Read more »

Arch 13 Toastie & Wine review by Zoe Walsh

Arch 13 Toastie & Wine review by Zoe Walsh

Arch 13 will have you melting for more. Their latest toastie offer, paired with one of their finest wines, will have you counting the clock until your… Read more »

A movement that can’t be ignored – The Best Vegan Cuisine in Birmingham

Christmas over indulgence true to you? Vegetarian but considering vegan? Embarking on Veganuary for a challenge? As the fastest growing food movement in the world, restaurants are… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons Birmingham Is A Great Place To Live

As Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham is famous for many things – The Bull Ring, Spaghetti Junction, Cadburys chocolate, playing a major part in the Industrial Revolution,… Read more »

Birmingham’s Oldest Recording Studios Rock On

Built in 1872, the ornately Victorian No. 16 Grosvenor Road, today, sits unassumingly in the middle of a Perry Barr street. However, sat amid the fascinating mish mash… Read more »

New Kids on the Culinary Streets of Brum

Our city is paired in Michelin goodness with Edinburgh to have the most accoladed dining spots outside of the big smoke. Our homegrown talent continues to grow… Read more »

What to do if you absolutely cannot avoid being in Birmingham

Whilst the thought of having to spend time in Birmingham was once a daunting inevitability, the city now boasts a surprising array of enjoyable things to do…. Read more »

Online Gambling’s Coming Home as Digital Sector Scores

More Brits than ever are using the internet to gamble instead of going to physical casinos and betting shops, as the online gambling sector rises and takes… Read more »

Kongs Gaming Bar and the Rising Popularity of Retro Revivals

Kongs Gaming Bar and the Rising Popularity of Retro Revivals

Kongs is a brand new bar in Birmingham which combines nostalgic retro elements with modern trends. The hip establishment at 1 Victoria Square features arcade games from… Read more »

The Gentleman & Scholar Pub Menu Review

The Gentleman & Scholar Pub Menu Review

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to sample the food at the Gentleman & Scholar Pub inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Guests can enjoy a… Read more »

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